‘Mirror’ by Michael Andrews
that synth or sample he’s using for the melody
‘hublander’ by ilkae
I like the complex beat. I love the simple melody.
It’s really not as good as it sounds.
‘Spacecowboy Vs. Bobble Head’ by J Dilla
this track has 2 beats. not sure which one I like more.
– Part of an interview with Richard (via afxtwin)
To Cure a Weakling Child
Weidenbaum: Who is the child speaking on “To Cure a Weakling Child.”
RDJames: That’s my voice, going through my computer and come out the other end. I said loads of words and then I chopped them all up and made a tune around all around them words, like, the way I said it and stuff. It’s quite a good way of writing tunes. It’s a bit similar to, like, sometimes I just hit the keyboard in a really sort of way I’d like the rhythm of the tracks to sound, like just hitting 12 notes at a time, and then I’ll spend four hours moving all the notes where I want them to go.
Question. Why you never like to give interviews?
Answer. I don't like people to know about my stuff.
Q. What's the most surprising thing you've read about yourself'
A. Why does that matter to you?
Q. How many hours of the day you spend creating music?
A. None, for now. The last turn of events didn't go so well for me but I'll get back on track.
Q. When do you like to work?
A. Between 1 and 3 in the morning to make music. And during the morning to setup the gear. (regulate the machines, exact words)
Q. Do you bring your head to the limits when not sleeping?
Q. You've recently said that you have 6 albums completed. Is this true? Will you put out a new album?
A. I have more than that. More than 10 or 11 that are already finished and many more loose tracks.
Q. Why have you waited so long to get something new?
A. I didn't want my ex-wife to benefit from them, so I've waited until I got divorced, she was stealing my money.
Q. You've said that your most innovating music must stay unpublished. Why?
A. It stays isolated and that makes the music sounds much fresher to me and my friends.
Q. How many tracks do you have unreleased?
A. Close to 600 tracks. I also have tons of unfinished tracks and random ideas prepared.
Q. Lately where do you find your inspiration?
A. From life, as usual.
Q. Have you ever noticed that someone was copying you?
A. Yes, it was really tough initially. But today I like it.
Q. Do you think that your influence on big groups like Radiohead as been acknowledged?
A. I don't know.
Q. Do you still think you can do something *new today? (*original, innovating?)
A. Yes, I'll show soon.
Q. Does it make sense for you to put out LP's in a world dominated by Spotify and iTunes?
A. I think so, something like that. I wouldn't like if any of my music was bought track by track. Even though I like to buy music this way. Look, no one knows what's best for them.
Q. Do you think art shouldn't be copyrighted?
A. Absolutely. I believe it 100%.
Q. What's your relationship with the audience?
A. I hate them.
Q. Why did you decide to play in festivals like Sonar?
A. To leave the house a little.
Q. Your music has been used in ads and TV shows (usually in strange and bizarre segments). Where wouldn't you like to hear it?
A. Nowhere. You have to let it happen.
Q. How do you feel about the huge success of Windowlicker and Come to Daddy?
A. Good. But I don't like the word success.
Q. Do you like that many people find your music irritating?
Q. Do you still think that schizophrenia is an interesting mental state?
A. Yes. Two minds are better than one.
Q. How did you start making music and why?
A. By accident, editing tapes and recording things like me fighting with my friends.
Q. What life would you have without the music?
R. Supongo que hubiera sido creativo en algún otro sentido, quizá carpintero o cineasta hubiera ingresado en la cárcel
A. I suppose something creative in a way, maybe carpentering or filmaker... (I don't understand the rest)
Q. What's the most important thing a song should have?
P. What do you search when composing?
Q. When do you feel a track is finished?
A. When I'm bored of making it.
Q. In 26 Mixes for Cash you remixed a song of Nine Inch Nails without hearing the original. How do you do that?
A. I imagined what would sound like Nine Inch Nails and left that in my mind, later I've separated from that hard and painful experience.
Q. Is there something you still wished to do musically?
A. More than ever. The gaps that I could fill are everywhere.
Q. Any new artist that you find interesting?
A. Yes, Raime.
Q. Are you going to watch anyone at Sonar?
R. A Raime seguro. Luego hay mucho que ver, pero no le he mirado detenidamente todavía.
A. Yes Raime for sure, there's lots to see later... (don't understand the rest)
Q. Are you interested in the new school of dubstep?
A. Yes, when I go on K, even though I think it's a really rubbish drug compared to mushrooms and marijuana. Anyway, dubstep has fragmented into tons of beats better than the ones before.
P. ¿Cree que ya se puede hablar de una tradición coherente en la música electrónica?
(dumb pointless questions check auto-translation)
R. Si tú quieres, sí.
P. ¿Cuál sería el primer y el último capítulo?
R. No existe tal cosa.
Q. What are your main influences in your work?
A. Being on my own. My friends.
Q. Why did you refuse to work with someone like Madonna?
A. I didn't do what they wanted me to do.
Q. Who would you like to work with?
A. With Kate Bush
Q. Do you have a tank and a submarine?
A. Yes. I bought them for my own amusement.
Q. Were they really expensive?
A. Not really.
Q. When you gave your last interview to El País in 2003, you where thinking about moving to an electric generator. What happened? Where do you live now?
A. I've lived for a while, but today I live in an island in Scotland.
Q. Does politics interest you? What do you think about the youths rioting in Europe?
A. Yes it interests me. I think it's about the arrival of the New World Order.
‘Kill Your Co-Workers’ by Flying Lotus
8-bit melodies and jungle beats - two of my favorite sounds.